Forbes magazine has surveyed 657 self-made billionaires and compiled some helpful advice for anyone with plans to earn a billion dollars in the future. First, make sure that you are born in the fall (ideally September, when most billionaires are born, but not December, when very few billionaires are born) and make sure that your parents are engineers, accountants or small business owners with a high aptitude for mathematics. Then, drop out of college if you want to make your fortune in technology but make sure you get a Master’s Degree from an Ivy League school if you want to make your fortune in finance. While you’re in university it won’t hurt to join the Skull and Bones and after graduation try to get a job at Goldman Sachs. Lastly, after you start trying to earn your fortune, make sure that your first company is a massive failure so that you can learn all the things that you shouldn’t do in order to earn your first billion dollars. Good luck!

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Anonymous said...

Why stop there?

Being a billionaire you must also be a bit psychopathic (if not outrightly so). None of this caring about other people stuff (and companies are people too). No. It's all about *you* and your success. No "spreading the wealth around" and "everyone has a right to ____" (fill in the blank). No. It's every man for them self. What happens to the other guy (or gal) is *their* problem.

Philanthropy? That comes later. After you've made your billions. Then, you can afford to worry about other stuff. Like what all those other people now think of you. Yes, it's still about you but being a billionaire has its problems. The fix? Throw that money around and make sure it goes to places were people use your products.